The Polo Heritage is a genteel, olde worlde hotel in the western Rajasthani desert city of Jodhpur. It consists of an old British Raj-era bungalow, a new building further down the back, a swimming pool and an inviting, expansive lawn.
Rajasthan is a polo-playing state, and Jodhpur is chief among its polo-loving regions. This hotel owes a significant part of its history to polo: the property was given to the late Kishan Singh of Bhanwari by the then Maharaja of Jodhpur in the late 1950s as a wedding present after Singh had won a major award for excellence in polo. He was a member of the Indian polo team that won a world cup at Deauville, France, in 1957. His sons are also polo players of repute.
The hotel is spread over two acres and continues to be managed by the family of Lt Col Kishan Singh. It features 24 spacious guest rooms, along with a breezy verandah area and dining room, all featuring heritage furnishings and fittings and with a polo touch. It is centrally located, a short drive to the centre of town and just off a major road so is quiet.
For an old property, it is surprisingly well-maintained. Unlike other independent hotels of a similar vintage which can be rough around the edges, the Hotel Polo Heritage is scrupulously clean, well-maintained and polished, although soft furnishings could do with an update. Meals are fresh and tasty, and all round it is a very pleasant place to stay for a few days in the Blue City.